Ever since pizza infiltrated America's food chain, the beloved sauce-bread has been leaving incriminating marinara footsteps far and wide. Trace the trail that uncovers pizza's past with today's deal: for $35, you get A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour, a $75 value for adults and a $65 value for kids under 12. Tours meet Fridays through Mondays promptly at 11 a.m. on the corner of East 13th St. and 4th Ave., where a bus will pick you up for the 4.5-hour journey.
The Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour points the compass of sightseers toward the magnetic north of the city's finest pies while supplying a hearty taste of Brooklyn itself. Learn about pizza's long journey from Italian villages to East Coast boroughs inside the ballast of a blue whale. Observe the physical nuance of a Sicilian-style slice at L&B Spumoni Gardens, then compare it to the bubbling flavors of a Neapolitan slice at Grimaldi's under the Brooklyn Bridge. Pizza students get two slices and a beverage at each pizzeria, between sights such as Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and the Brooklyn Army Terminal, from which Elvis departed for war in 1958. The bus also drops by the locations where movies like Saturday Night Fever, Goodfellas, Annie Hall, and others were shot.
The tour gives out-of-towners and in-towners alike an opportunity to experience Brooklyn under a new, doughy light while feasting on the city's finest pies. Come tour's end, riders will hold a new appreciation for each glorious slice, while the surprise ending will have pizza partiers craving another round. (Spoiler alert: the tour takes place inside of a snow globe.)
- The three-year-old excursion (motto: "Manhattan? Fuggedaboudit!") grew out of informal tours [owner Tony] Muia used to give visitors - first to acquaintances from outside the city, and later to New Yorkers challenging him to back up his boasts about the supremacy of Brooklyn pizza. When trucking people out to Lento's in Bay Ridge for some thin-crust Neapolitan, or L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst for some Sicilian, he'd end up showing them parts of Brooklyn even native New Yorkers rarely or never visited. – Chris Erikson, New York Post
- This is thoroughly recommended for both New Yorkers and those from out of town. There is so much information about Brooklyn it makes you really care about the place but it is the pizza itself that makes this so special. – Droz10, Zerve
- We loved every minute of the tour (and my husband hates tours) - it's definitely worth doing and we have been to New York six times now. – mlleruby, Zerve